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Craig Larson

Craig Larson
Neb. Rural Radio Assn. General Manager  clarson@kneb.com

Bill Boyer

Bill Boyer @KNEBBill
Station Manager  bboyer@kneb.com

I am a Mullen native, and claim to be one of the 700 most popular people to grow up in Hooker County in the 1980s (no small task!) After a stint in the Alliance, I moved to Bridgeport where I graduated high school and met the love of my life, Reagan. After graduation, I went to Kearney and graduated from UNK in 2000 and married my high school sweetheart in 2001. My first and only son, Seth, was born in 2005. He continues to be an inspiration to me every day! After spending years in radio in Kearney, I dabbled in the world of city government (what was I thinking?), moving back to Bridgeport in 2008 to be the City Administrator. I was hired in 2011 as the Director of Operations at KNEB. It is truly a blessing to work for such an amazing organization! As you can guess, I am a weather nut, love technology, and love to golf. As a parent of an autistic child, I have become a strong advocate for autism spectrum awareness. I'm proud to volunteer for several local organizations, including Special Olympics and the United Way of Western Nebraska.

Kendra Feather

Kendra Feather
Sales Manager  kfeather@kneb.com

Nikolas Chizek

Nikolas Chizek @mylifeasnik
Program Director  nchizek@kneb.com

Nikolas Chizek was born in Alliance a long time ago in the year 1993. After moving around a lot as a small child, he eventually found a home with his family in Bridgeport in the 2nd grade. There, he learned that, even if you get done with your work early; you can't just get up and hit the playground. Throughout high school, it was always his dream to go to California. Knowing that being 5 foot 7 inches short really wouldn't help getting his foot in that big Hollywood door, he decided to take a detour to Scottsbluff in hopes of maybe growing a couple feet. That's when he found part-time work at KNEB and met a girl. He now had a different plan for his life. 2 years later and he is married and on A Brand New Morning full-time. Even though he has to put up with Bill at 6:00 am there's no place he'd rather be.

Scott Miller

Scott Miller
News Director  smiller@kneb.com

Chris Cottrell

Chris Cottrell @offaironpoint
Sports Director  ccottrell@kneb.com

Adam Ostdiek

Adam Ostdiek
Sales Representative  aostdiek@kneb.com

I was born and raised in Gering and graduated from Gering High School in 2008. Which is where I met the best person I know, Sierra. Somehow I talked her into dating me all the way back in 2006. After high school, I attended The University of Nebraska- Lincoln, graduating with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife. After graduation, I moved to Omaha, and then to Sidney, Nebraska. In 2015 Sierra and I got married and in 2016 our daughter, Sophie was born. She is truly the light of my world! We moved back to Gering in 2017 and we could not be happier! I enjoy cooking, disc golf, camping and most of all spending time with my family. I am an avid Husker, Kansas City Chiefs, and Tottenham Hotspur Fan. I volunteer for several local organizations including Special Olympics and am active in several different rec leagues.

Chuck Schwartz

Chuck Schwartz
Sales Representative  cschwartz@kneb.com

Chuck is a lifetime Nebraskan, born in Southwest Nebraska, growing up on a farm in Dundy County, 50 miles west of McCook. His elementary school education was in a one room school house, with one classmate and the same teacher all eight years. The family lived in Ogallala for two years, then relocated to North Platte. Starting school at the age of four finally made its’ presence felt – not only was a driver’s license unattainable until midway through his Junior year, but his growth spurt didn’t hit until late in his Senior year. After limited athletic participation in High School, he added three inches in height and 20 pounds in weight, allowing Chuck to play Basketball and Golf for the Knights at North Platte Community College. In Golf, Chuck qualified for the National Junior College Golf Tournament at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. While at N. P. C. C., Chuck helped form “The Radio Club”, which prepared content about happenings at the College and hosted a weekly one hour show on one of the local commercial Radio Stations. The show won the American Legion’s “Golden Mike Award”, judged as the best College Radio show amongst all the colleges and universities in Nebraska. At what was known as Kearney State College, Chuck worked on the Campus Radio Station as Sports Director his junior year. His senior year, Chuck became Sports Director at one of the commercial Radio Stations in Kearney. At the same time, Chuck met his future wife, Judy, who was a sophomore at Kearney State. With all the good things going on, Chuck expanded his final year into three semesters! An unforeseen benefit came from this – working on campus the summer of 1972, he received a call from the Radio Station in North Platte that had hosted the “Knights Night”, asking him to become an emergency fill in for the last part of the Baseball season. This led to an offer of full time employment, so Chuck got his Bachelor’s Degree on a Sunday, and started work the next day in North Platte, leading to a 41 year career in North Platte in both Radio and as owner of two different Retail businesses, until becoming the Station Manager at KNEB in Scottsbluff in 2013. Marrying after Judy’s graduation in 1974, the family grew to include Benjamin and Megan. Their children each have two children, making grand parenting the best job they’ve ever had. Enjoying good health, Chuck is having “too much fun” to think about retirement, so partially retired January 1, 2019, working an average of three days a week, but is always looking to add to the 44 states and 4 foreign countries he has visited.

Dave Strang

Dave Strang
Assistant News Director  dstrang@kneb.com

Started broadcast career in 1978 at KBRL in McCook. Worked at KFNF in Oberlin, Kansas for 10 years, with two years spent at KAPZ in Searcy, Arkansas. Moved to Scottsbluff in 1991 with KNEB, and aside from 5 years at the former Tracy Broadcasting, has worked as announcer, production director, and has been working in KNEB's award winning News Department since 2007. Served as tank gunner (11E30) in Nebraska Army National Guard (A-1/195) from 1977 to 1982. Avid supporter of Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and works as military advocate for all service branches. Principal hobby and interest is aviation. Serves as Chapter Secretary for Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter #608.

Dennis Ernest

Dennis Ernest @knebhusker
Morning Show Host, KNEB 960 AM  dernest@kneb.com

A panhandle native, I was born and raised at Dalton, NE. Began pursuing the radio business in high school. Graduated from Dalton High School in 1976. Attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln, graduating, 1980 with BA in Broadcast Journalism. Worked professionally in Lincoln before joining Nebraska Rural Radio in 1982 and moving to Scottsbluff-Gering in 1984 when the company bought KNEB AM and KNEB FM. I served as Program Director and Operations Director for 28 years, before stepping back to Morning Show Host, News Co-Anchor, and Copy Writer. Father of two children, one grand child. 3 step kids from previous marriage, numerous step grand children. Have lived in Gering since 1987. Very blessed to have lived and worked in this community!

Karen Schmer

Karen Schmer
Traffic Director  kschmer@kneb.com

Kinsey Senkel

Kinsey Senkel
Sales Representative  KSenkel@kneb.com

Hi, I'm Kinsey Senkel. I grew up in central Illinois where I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Animal Science, Pre-Vet. I then proceeded to live out my dream of "going west." I finished up my masters at Colorado State in Integrated Resource Management while I applied for vet school. My whole educational journey led me to vet school at Kansas State where, after one semester, I realized that was no longer my dream. So many greater things were in store for me! I since moved back to Western Nebraska, married the man of my dreams, and purchased a little farm! We enjoy working our land and raising animals of all kinds. This is the best lifestyle for us! I enjoy cooking, adventuring, swimming, biking, running, walking, hiking, gardening, and talking to people! My job at KNEB has been the best fit for my personality! Thanks Kendra!

Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy
New Media Coordinator; KNEB.tv News Anchor  rmurphy@kneb.com

Ryan has been able to call the Panhandle home since 2008. As an east coast native, he is pleased to be able to enjoy all the amenities that "The Good Life" has to offer. When he isn't working on stories for KNEB.tv, he enjoys golfing the bountiful golf courses that the region has to offer, catching a good live concert, and cheering on the Red Sox and Patriots. Ryan and his wife Audrey also enjoying spoiling their dog Bella on a daily basis.

Steve Kjos

Steve Kjos
KNEB-AM Midday Host  skjos@kneb.com

Tricia Strauch

Tricia Strauch
Sales Representative  tstrauch@kneb.com

I was born and raised in the Panhandle - a 1991 graduate of Gering High School (Go Bulldogs!). I recently moved to a country home outside of Stegal, NE with my husband, Alan. I have worked in sales at KNEB since 2013. My husband is an electrical contractor and owns his own company. I have 2 children that live and work in Scottsbluff and 2 step-sons, Cody lives and works in Wyoming and Tristin attends Gering High School and plays basketball and baseball. I am active in Scottsbluff Kiwanis and the Morrill Rotary Club and a graduate of Leadership Scotts Bluff-Class XXVIII. I am also a board member of The Legacy of the Plains Museum, Riverside Discovery Center and Leadership Scotts Bluff. We love spending time with our family, going to concerts and during football season traveling to Lincoln to watch Husker football!

TJ Albright

TJ Albright @TJAlbright2
Announcer  talbright@kneb.com

I am a Scottsbluff High School Graduate from the class of 2017. I have been working at KNEB since January of 2017. I am the producer for KNEB.TV sports and work with part timers on Boar Operations for sporting and live events. My new roles in the Rural Radio Family will include On-Air Talent, Video Editing, and other various duties. I am excited to see what happens in the future here at KNEB.